Opera-singer Jeanette Köhn is one of Sweden’s most versatile sopranos.
Jeanette Köhn has been an established concert- and oratorio- singer for many years with engagements all over the world, to mention but a few: Santiago- (Chile), Bari-, Kuopio-, Symphony Orchestra and Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich, the Anhaltische Philharmonie, Dessau, West Deutsche Rundfunk, Stuttgarter Philharmoniker as well as The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
”Föreställningen” is a one act chamber opera composed by Sven-David Sandström with a libretto by Katarina Frostenson. The opera had its world premiere in August 2016 at Rotundan, Royal Opera House, Stockholm. It proved to be enormously successful with the audience and was highly acclaimed by the critics.
The project was initiated by the independent vocal trio ”Tre Donne” Jeanette Köhn, Miriam Treichl, and Katija Dragojevic. They were both initiators, producers as well as soloists. They developed it into a unique collaboration between Tre Donne, the Swedish Radio/ Berwaldhallen, the Baltic Sea Festival and the Royal Swedish Opera.
Jeanette Köhn won a Swedish Grammy for best classical album 2014,
participating in the record ”Live” with music by Karin Rehnqvist.
Jeanette was soloist at the Royal Wedding between H.R.H. Crown Princess
Victoria and Mr Daniel Westling the 19th of June 2010 in Storkyrkan cathedral,
Stockholm acompanied by the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Her interpretation of Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte was received with high critical
acclaim, as were her leading roles in Il Re Pastore, Magic Flute and Euridice at
the Drottningholm Court Theatre.
She has made numerous appearances on television and radio at prestigous and
auspicious events such as the Nobel Prize Banquet, the funeral of Astrid
Lindgren, the opening of Parliament, Anna Linds memorial sevice, the Tsunami
victim`s Commemoration service, as well as King Carl XVI Gustav`s sixtieth
birthday celebrations in the Rikssalen. (All were broadcast ”live” by SVT,
She was awarded the Golden Mask for her interpretation of Roxanne in the
musical Cyrano at Oscars Theatre in Stockholm.
She was highly praised for her participation in Povel Ramels (a well known
Swedish artist) revues; ”Knäpp igen” and ”Kolla Klotet” in Stockholm,
Gothenburg and Oslo, as well as her contributions in the musicals: Cyrano, Les
Misèrables, Cirkus, and A Little Nightmusic (Anne),
touring in Sweden with Riksteatern.
Jeanette Köhn has appeared as soloist in as many as 40 recordings where four
were solo albums; including the prized ”Arkipelag” (Archipelago) which
received overwhelming reviews.
Much acclaim for Jeanette Köhn´s CD ”Jeanette Köhn and Swedish Radio
Choir, New eyes on Baroque” both in Sweden and Germany as well as England.
Jazzwise (UK) February 2014
Jeanete Köhn’s wonderfully natural and expressive soprano blending beautifully
with the Swedish Radio Choir under Gustaf Sjökvist.
Bonner Generalanzeiger (GER) 6/12 2013
With moodily sombre trombone and guitar work from Nils Landgren and Johan
Norberg and a spectacular vocal performance from Jeanette Köhn.
CD-Tips nr 1 RTV, Medianews, December 2013
This was ranked number one on Germany`s TV and Radio newspaper for discs
to buy for christmas. ”A wonderful record !”
Dagens Nyheter newspaper 30/1 2013 about ”New Eyes on Baroque:”
”Chamber music of infinite sensibility, beyond compare. ”
Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, 6/2 2103
”Jeanette Köhn`s warm and lyrical soprano voice is reminiscent of Victoria de
The fifth Christmas album, ”Christmas with my friends V” was released in 2016.
All the five of them have sold gold and platinum in Germany.
In 2012, 2013 and 2015 she was invited to the The Stuttgarter Philharmonics.
WDR Radio Choir Cologne. A celestial Christmas Concert, december 2012 for
Jeanette has been the recipient of several prestigious swedish prizes. Besides the
”Golden Mask” she has been honoured with the Jenny Lind and Kristina Nilsson
Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Music. In 2004 she was bestowed
with the Stockholm City-Hall Culture Prize.
2001 Jeanette gave a recital in Lincoln Center, New York, with music of Villa–
Lobos. Christmas 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 1016 she participated in Nils Landgrens
highly coveted and successful tour ”Christmas with my friends” in Sweden and
In autumn 2008 Jeanette participated together with the Royal Stockholm
Philharmonic Orchestra in a Cd-production which H.M. King Carl XVI Gustaf’s
composed in form of a concert and a CD-recording.
During autumn 2008 Jeanette participated in the big live-aid Christmas-concert
in Globen, Stockholm, together with 3000 singers in the choir. A Gala which
were broadcast for TV, radio and was released on a CD.
In Mars 2009 Jeanette participated in the annual Kurt Weill-Festival in Dessau,
Germany, together with Nils Landgren and the Anhaltische Philharmonie.
During autumn 2008 and spring 2009 Jeanette participated in the performance
”Laterna Magica”, a music and multi-media production based on the music
Ingmar Bergman used in his films. The production successfully toured in
Sweden and later opened the ”Music Gardens” Festival of summer 2009 in
In the summer of 2007 she produced and performed together with two other
opera singers, Miriam Treichl and Katija Dragojevic a unique and original
show,”Vildvuxet” at the Rosendal Gardens to rapturous audiences. Because of
the great success they had a new review the summer of 2008 on the roof-terrace
of the Stockholm House of Culture.
Summer of 2007 and 2008 Jeanette participated in the performance ”War and
Peace with Monteverdi” at Confidencen, the oldest Rococo theatre in Sweden.
In February 2008 a newly written ”St. Marc Passion” was released on CD. The
review from Dagens Nyheter: ”Jeanette Köhn’s voice is most brilliant in power
and in beauty”. (DN 26/2-2008).
A press cutting from Stuttgart the 30/1 and 31/1 2012 after concert
performances of Poulenc`s Gloria.
The Swedish soprano, Jeanette Köhn sings the ”Dominus Deus” in exalted
oboe-like lucidity and that plea for mercy, ”Misere Nobis” soars in chromatic
splendour. A wonderfully clear and differentiated vocal performance that
ennobles Poulenc`s expressive rhetoric.
The Chantry of Gächingen and particularly Jeanette Köhn, the soprano soloist
impressed with their pristine sounds. The soprano has to rise repeatedly to
challenging elevations and achieve the balancing act between presence and
ethereal ascension. For this Jeanette Köhn has the perfect voice, yielding and
joining the unison discreetly only to let go and completely release her voice in
the higher tonalities.